TripAdvisor’s 2008 Travelers Choice® Destination Awards: Six Thai Destinations Win the 2008 TripAdvisor® Travelers Choice® Destination Awards

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2008-TripadvisorBangkok, July 8, 2008 – Six Thai destinations have won the 2008 TripAdvisor® Travelers Choice Destination Awards.

The tropical island paradise of Koh Phi Phi Don in Thailand’s Krabi province was chosen as a best destination in the world by TripAdvisor® in the 2008 Travelers’ Choice Destinations Awards, while the northern city of Chiang Mai, the Thai capital Bangkok, the islands of Koh Tao and Koh Phangan in Surat Thani province and Krabi were chosen as a best destination in Asia.

Best Destination in the World
• Koh Phi Phi Don in Krabi province

Best Destination in Asia
• Chiang Mai
• Bangkok
• Koh Tao, Surat Thani
• Koh Phangan, Surat Thani
• Krabi

In its inaugural year, the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Destinations Awards honour the world’s top destinations, earning their distinction from those who know them best — real travelers.

The TripAdvisor Media Network operated by TripAdvisor, LLC, attracts nearly 30 million monthly visitors* across ten popular travel brands — TripAdvisor®, airfarewatchdog.com, bookingbuddy.com, cruisecritic.com, holidaywatchdog.com, independenttraveler.com, seatguru.com, smartertravel.com, travel-library.com and travelpod.com.

TripAdvisor-branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, with more than 25 million monthly visitors*, 6 million registered members and 15 million reviews and opinions. Featuring real advice from real travellers, TripAdvisor-branded sites cover 300,000 hotels and attractions and operate in the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.

Collectively, the sites comprising the TripAdvisor Media Network have won hundreds of awards and accolades from press and industry worldwide. TripAdvisor and the sites comprising the TripAdvisor Media Network are operating companies of Expedia Inc.

TripAdvisor’s Destinations Awards represent the opinions of millions of travelers. The winners were determined by a combination of TripAdvisor’s travelers’ favorite places and overall popularity on TripAdvisor.

“Whether it’s for their unique beauty, or abundance of attractions, the 2008 Travelers’ Choice Destinations Awards honour the most beloved destinations from around the world,” said Michele Perry, vice president of global communications for TripAdvisor. “Determined by millions of travelers, the Travelers’ Choice Destinations Awards are unique because they single out not just popular places but truly exceptional places that enthrall travelers and keep them coming back.”